The Blue Devils blocked a season high 10 shots - four by freshman Mason Plumlee - while holding the visitors to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field. In addition to challenging and altering nearly every LBSU jumper, Duke also controlled the glass - winning the rebounding battle with a +8 margin.
Offensively Mike Krzyzewski's team was able to find their range all over the court. Perhaps the biggest advantage was on the perimeter where Duke hit 15-of-26 from three point land including four of six by Smith.
Junior Kyle Singler added 14 points and nine rebounds, and showed signs of breaking a near month-long shooting slump by hitting three of five from outside.
Coming off a good showing at Kentucky in which the 49ers were tied with the Wildcats at the half, Long Beach State looked to be the perfect "trap game" for a Duke team that had not played in 10 days. However, after the 49ers connected for the game's first points, the Blue Devils used a 27-7 run take control of the game at 27-9.